All publications
  2016 - Lectures
H.E. Klockmann (06.02.2016). The morphosyntax of kind in English. Utrecht, TINdag (Utrecht).
H.E. Klockmann (07.04.2016). ComSyn Talk. The syntax of quantificational elements: Drawing on insights from the distribution of features in the DP.
  2016 - Paper
Bylinina, E.G., Klockmann, H.E. & Dotlacil, J.D. (21.09.2016). Adjectival modification of numerals.
  2015 - Book parts / chapters
Klockmann, H.E. (2015). What are categories? Adjective-like and noun-like semi-lexical numerals in Polish. In Joanna Blaszczak, Dorota Klimek-Jankowska & Krzysztof Migdalski (Eds.), How Categorical are Categories? New Approaches to the Old Questions of Noun, Verb, and Adjective (pp. 235-272). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  2014 - Articles
Klockmann, Heidi (28.11.2014). Case Alternations: The interaction of semi-lexicality and case assignment. Studies in Polish Linguistics, 9 (3), (pp. 111-136) (26 p.).
  2014 - Articles in volumes / proceedings
Klockmann, Heidi (2014). Polish numerals are semi-lexical adjectives and nouns. In Vratislav Busek (Eds.), Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics - The McMaster Meeting 2013 (pp. 205-224). Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications.
  2014 - Lectures
H.E. Klockmann (14.10.2014). Case alternations and case hierarchies: A view from numerals and negation. Syntax Square.
H.E. Klockmann (04.12.2014). Case, agreement, and hierarchies: Fitting in inherent case. MIT, Boston, MA, U.S.A., MIT LingLunch.
H.E. Klockmann (02.12.2014). Inherent case as a PP-case. University of Conneticut, Storrs, UConn Ling-Lunch series.
H.E. Klockmann (16.12.2014). Inherent case as a PP-case. CUNY Syntax Supper series.
H.E. Klockmann (12.12.2014). Inherent case as a PP-case. NYU Brown Bag.
H.E. Klockmann (03.07.2014). What happened to Principles and Parameters?.
  2013 - Articles in volumes / proceedings
Toledo, A., Alexandropoulou, S., Katrenko, S., Klockmann, H.E.K., Kokke, P & Winter, Y.S. (2013). Semantic Annotation of Textual Entailment. In K Erk & A Koller (Eds.), The 10th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS 2013) (pp. 240-251) (12 p.). Association for Computational Linguistics, The 10th International Conference on Computational Semantics (IWCS 2013).
  2013 - Lectures
H.E. Klockmann (29.08.2013). Case alternations: The interaction of semi-lexicality and case assignment. 44th PoznaƄ Linguistic Meeting.
H.E. Klockmann (09.02.2013). Deriving agreement mismatches with Polish numerals. Utrecht, the Netherlands, TIN-dag 2013.
H.E. Klockmann (14.03.2013). Phi-defective numerals in Polish: Bleeding and default agreement. DGfS, 35th annual conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS).
H.E. Klockmann (25.11.2013). Uiltjesdagen 2013. Uiltjesdagen 2013.
H.E. Klockmann (09.01.2013). What are categories? Adjective-like and noun-like semi-lexical numerals in Polish. TRAIT Workshop - How categorical are categories?.
H.E. Klockmann (03.05.2013). What are categories? Adjective-like and noun-like semi-lexical numerals in Polish. FASL, (poster at) 22nd meeting of Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics (FASL).
  2012 - Lectures
H.E. Klockmann (01.10.2012). A Syntactic Analysis of Subject-Verb Agreement Mismatches with Polish Numerals. Utrecht University, SyntaxuilotsIF talks.
H.E. Klockmann (31.10.2012). Semantic Annotation for Textual Entailment Recognition. Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence.
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Completed projects

The uniformity of linguistic variation: subject-predicate relations 01.09.2011 to 01.09.2016
General project description

Although the languages of the world may appear incredibly diverse to a casual observer, a closer look reveals that they are remarkably similar at the deeper level of grammar. Compared to the infinite variety of how languages could construct their sentences, the underlying syntax tends to cluster in limited areas of the available space of possibilities. This underlying sameness has led to the concept of Universal Grammar (UG), a set of grammatical properties underlying all languages. UG consists of properties which are invariably the same for each language, Principles. Other properties, Parameters, have to be set in one of a limited number of ways. Since the set of parameters and the range of options to fix them are restricted in the same way for all languages, variation between languages is also systematically limited.

This project focuses on one of the core issues in linguistic variation research: the question of whether macrovariation (variation between unrelated languages, e.g. Japanese vs. Swahili), microvariation (variation between related languages/dialects, e.g. Norwegian vs. Icelandic) and diachronic change (variation between diachronic stages of a language Middle Dutch vs. Old Dutch) can be reduced to the same parameters.

      The specific research topic of this project is the variation in the expression of subject-predicate relations, a core relation in human language. In a sentence such as He dances, the predicate dance describes a property of the subject He. Surprisingly, languages differ in their expression of this basic relation. Even more surprising is that the Dutch languages (including Dutch dialects, Frisian, Negerhollands and Afrikaans) show a similar range of variation in this area, both synchronically and diachronically.

The project aims to investigate whether these surface similarities between macrovariation, synchronic and diachronic microvariation are also present on a deeper level of grammar. 

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
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Currently Heidi Klockmann MA teaches the following course(s):
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Full name
H.E. Klockmann MA Contact details

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Room 2.23A
The Netherlands

Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 5792
Postal address
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3512 JK    UTRECHT
The Netherlands

Together with Myrthe Bergstra, Lotte Hendriks and Jolien Scholten, I'm organizing bi-weekly Syntax Interface lectures in Utrecht. See our website for more information. If you are interested in giving a talk, you can contact us at: syntax.interface at

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